Two Sets on One Sound Stage

Here at Creative House Studios many productions have take advantage of the size of our sound stage by handling video production and photography on the same by, by setting one set next to the other. If you want more information please contact Cynthia at 216.225.6593 or email her at

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From Green to White in 30 Seconds

Sometimes green screening a production just isn’t what the director wants. We know this. And, although our green screen is permanently green we do have some magic to turn the place into a white cyc soundstage. It’s our 30 foot wide x 50 foot long x 18 foot tall white linen cyc! It’s available for those productions not wanting a green screen but still wanting to take advantage of a…

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Terrible Practical Effect

Practical Effects and The Cons That Go With It.

The Cons of Practical Effects We’ve covered the Pros and Cons of Visual effects, as well as the Pros of Practical Effects. It’s now time to talk about the Cons of Practical Effects and since we already know what they are let’s dive right in!   Attention to Detail If you think about what goes into making or just dressing a set, there are so many small details that have…

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Pixels Pacman Jumps out of building.

“Pixels” VFX Supervisor on Creating the Earthly Invaders.

“Pixels” VFX supervisor Marten Larsson discusses how Digital Domain turned arcade characters Donkey Kong, Centipede and PacMan into Earthly invaders in Columbia Pictures’ new action comedy. ‘Pixels.’ All images © 2015 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Images courtesy of Digital Domain. Video game icons conjured up by a hostile alien race go beyond the arcade to wreak havoc upon the Earth. In order to make the premise of Columbia Pictures’ Pixels a…

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Terrible Vampire Dying Visual Effects

Let’s Talk About the Cons of Visual Effects.

‘Van Helsing.’ All images © 2004 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved. If you missed the last blog about Visual Effects here is the link: If you want to read our last post that covered, the pros of Practical effects, here is the link:   Since we know what visual effects are and what they can do to improve you film, it’s time to take a look at how they can affect your…

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Jaws Attacking Boat Practical Effects

A Look at the Pros of Practical Effects.

Practical Effects and what they are. Practical effects are very similar to visual effects in the fact that both of their main objectives are to trick viewers into thinking what they see on screen is really what happened. The difference between the two is that visual effects happen in post while practical effects happen on set. Things like; make-up, a costume, miniatures, pyrotechnics, weather effects or even blood splatters (squibs),…

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Working on Practical Effect Miniature

These were Practical Effects in the Star Wars Prequels?!?!

These are Practical Effects? I would’ve never guessed. The popular belief goes that “practical effects” in films, using physical models and mechanical effects as opposed to CGI, is a dead or dying art. While there has certainly been an ascendancy in computer-generated special effects, with some films relying on them almost exclusively, there is still a lot of amazing model making and miniature set building being used in modern film…

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Before and after Visual Effects in the terminator

The Pros of Visual Effects or VFX

‘Terminator Genisys.’ All images © 2015 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. What exactly are  Visual Effects/VFX? Simply put VFX are images, videos, CGI, composites, anything that is added onto your video, while you are in post, to give it a real look. VFX’s main goal is to trick viewers into thinking that what is happening on screen is what actually happened in the original, raw footage. That is unless your…

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A Virtual Reality Cinema

A Big Investment has been made to a Virtual Reality Start-Up Company. This Investment could change the world of cinema as we know it.

Disney invests $65m in virtual reality start-up company: Is VR the future of cinema? The term “virtual reality” was first coined in the 1980s (Getty) Getty Cinema hasn’t changed drastically since the advent of colour pictures in the 1930’s. Sure, digital has taken over, 3D has been implemented and the wide screen made mainstream, but the actual experience has yet to be transformed completely. Now, imagine going to the cinema…

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Low and High Budget Graphic

Know the Difference Between Low Budget and High Budget Video Graphics

3D/motion graphics artist, Edward Hassenfratz talks getting the video graphics you pay for. Multi-Emmy winning freelance 3D/motion graphics artist, Edward Hassenfratz, E.J. for short, who has worked with clients from National Geographic to Amtrak, understands that when it comes to video…you get what you pay for. Here are a few reasons why. Reason 1: When you talk about budget you talk about time and cost. Clients with limited budgets need…

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